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David M. Heineck

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Environmental Attorney in Seattle, WA

Summit Law Group
315 Fifth Avenue South, Suite 1000
Seattle, WA 98104
Phone: 206-940-7030
Fax: 206-676-7001
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2012 - 2021
Licensed in Washington Since: 1979
Practice Areas: Environmental (70%), Environmental Litigation (20%), Administrative Law (10%)
Attorney Profile

David represents companies ranging from Fortune 500 businesses to regional companies and local governments on a broad range of federal and state environmental matters and related litigation, and on water rights appropriations and transfers.  Before coming to Summit, David was a Shareholder at Heller Ehrman White & McAuliffe in Seattle, and previously was Associate Regional Counsel responsible for CERCLA, CWA, RCRA and other enforcement actions and NEPA defense for Region 10 at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

David’s experience includes:

  • Responding to EPA and state requirements for remedial action and claims for NRD liability under CERCLA and similar state laws, including sites located within Indian Reservations, and making and defending CERCLA-related contribution claims;

  • Representing companies at multi-party sites in CERCLA response cost and NRD allocation proceedings;

  • Determining hazardous waste management, permitting and corrective action requirements at ongoing industrial and commercial operations under the RCRA and similar state laws, and defense of RCRA-related enforcement actions, with an emphasis on the mineral processing sector and exclusion of waste streams from RCRA regulation under the Bevill exclusion;

  • RCRA litigation counsel to chemical processing facility in enforcement action brought by the United States involving what at the time was the largest RCRA civil penalty ever sought and which involved extensive set of Supplemental Environmental Projects in penalty mitigation;

  • Ongoing RCRA counsel to major chemical manufacturing facility and regional railroad;

  • Representing companies and governmental entities with respect to NPDES discharge permits and Section 404 wetland fill and mitigation bank permits under the CWA, and defending CWA enforcement actions including citizen suit actions;

  • Brownfield project permitting, including scoping and evaluation of potential environmental impacts under NEPA and SEPA; and

  • Assisting companies in water rights appropriations, transfers, banking, and associated real property transactions.


About David M. Heineck

First Admitted: 1979, Washington

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Special Licenses/Certifications


  • David has been listed in Best Lawyers in America for Environmental Law since 2008.
  • David is AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell as Preeminent - 5.0 out of 5.0 - its highest ranking.
  • David is listed in Montclair's Who's Who in American Law.

Bar/Professional Activity

  • United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, 1981
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Washington, 2016
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Washington , 1979
  • United States District Court for the District of Oregon, 1989
  • Admitted to Washington Bar, 1979
  • United States Supreme Court, 1985
  • Admitted to Oregon Bar , 1989

Industry Groups

  • Chemical Manufacturing
  • Mining
  • Public Ports
  • Railroads
  • Truck Manufacturing
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Office Location for David M. Heineck

315 Fifth Avenue South
Suite 1000
Seattle, WA 98104

Last Updated: 1/11/2021

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